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The National Film Preservation Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage. We support activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition.



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National Film Preservation Foundation
by Lyman H. Howe Company
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We are indebted to independent scholar  Charles “Buckey” Grimm  for identifying this 11-minute piece of the celebrated “lost” three-reel documentary  U.S. Navy of 1915 , produced by the Lyman H. Howe Company. (The piece had formerly been known only as “U.S. Navy Fragment.”) The film was made with the full support of the Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, who believed in the power of motion pictures to convince isolationists of the importance of building a strong American...
Topics: navy, military
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company
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Melodrama about a woman trapped in a loveless marriage, preserved in collaboration with the  New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Bud Fisher Films
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Mutt and Jeff cartoon featuring live-action shots of Bud Fisher, creator of the original comic strip. Preserved  with the collaboration of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and The  Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, cartoon
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Hodkinson Films
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A tour of Filmdom with glimpses of celebrities Ramon Novarro, Jack Warner, Max Linder, and Vola Vale. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Pathé News
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Early complete issue of the American newsreel, with stories on the veterans' bonus and election of Pope Pius XI. P reserved with the collaboration of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and  UCLA Film & Television Archive.
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Topics: newsreel, silent film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Audio Productions Inc.
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First breast-cancer-awareness film released for wide distribution. Promoting self-examination as an early detection technique, the film shows women how to check for breast cancer symptoms. Note:  The ACS reported 1,300 prints in circulation in the first year of release. The film was said to have reached 1 million women over the age of 35. Also distributed in a 16-minute version. Revised version,  Time and Two Women , released in 1958.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by John Sutherland Productions
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Animated critique of New Deal–type liberalism. In a dream “Albert,” a worker in a statist economy, is forced to watch a state-sponsored “free movie” on national planning. On awakening, he is convinced of the failings of excessive government control.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by John Sutherland Productions
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Big-budget film about iron and steel that was produced as part of U.S. Steel’s campaign against competing steel imports and alternative materials like aluminum. Told with animation and few words,  Rhapsody of Steel  presents the panoply of products made from steel, including a rocket that blasts into space. Note:  The film had a production budget of $350,000 and was shown theatrically in Pittsburgh and seven other cities. Dimitri Tiomkin’s score was also made available by U.S. Steel...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
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A whimsical yet serious-minded look into the future sponsored by the appliance and radio manufacturer. In the “1999 House of Tomorrow,” each family member’s activities are enabled by a central computer and revolve around products remarkably similar to those made by the sponsor. Power comes from a self-contained fuel cell, which supports environmental controls, an automatic cooking system, and a computer-assisted “education room.” Note: Produced in Eastmancolor. Renowned interior...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Benjamin Brodsky Moving Picture Co.
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Travelogue by Benjamin Brodsky spotlighting the work of Japanese women,  , preserved with the collaboration of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by MPO Productions
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Best-known of the films presenting “Motorama,” General Motors’ annual traveling automobile and appliance trade show. This example introduces the 1956 automobile models, Frigidaire’s “Kitchen of Tomorrow,” electronic highways of the future, and GM “dream cars” the Oldsmobile Golden Rocket and the turbine-powered Pontiac Firebird II. An amalgam of styles drawn from industrial stage shows and Hollywood musicals,  Design for Dreaming  has become emblematic of 1950s futuristic...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Jam Handy Organization
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Promotional film celebrating the 1959 Chevrolet automobile line as an exemplar of American industrial design and styling.  American Look  highlights the contribution of interior, indus­tri­al, product, and automobile designers to the “populuxe” era; the term was coined by writer Thomas Hine to describe the late-1950s stylistic fusion of luxury and mass-produced consumer goods. This wide-screen spectacular showcases an array of contemporary architectural exteriors, interiors, packaging,...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by G. Edward Griffin
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Right-wing film arguing that the civil rights movement and urban disturbances of the 1960s were evidence of a worldwide communist revolution and growing dominance at home. The polemic warns that communists may be planning to create an independent African American state. Note: A narchy, U.S.A.  incorporates purchased news footage.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by United Productions of America
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Animated film speaking out for racial tolerance. Using small green demons to caricature racial prejudice, the cartoon argues that the only real difference among the races is skin color and that underneath, all people are the same. Bosley Crowther wrote that the UAW, seeking to widen labor support in the auto industry, sponsored the film “to counteract a critical race-relations problem among the workers in Detroit.” Note:  Based on the pamphlet  Races of Mankind  by Ruth Benedict and Gene...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Frontier Films
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Documentary celebrating the work of the Highlander Folk School, a progressive adult education center founded in 1932 in the mountain community of Monteagle, Tennessee.  People of the Cumberland  demonstrates how education and the labor movement can transform an impoverished mining region and bring hope to its people. Made by activist filmmakers, the movie ends with a call for a “new kind of America.”
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by China Film Company
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A 970-foot fragment, from Benjamin Brodsky’s ten-reel documentary, showing Peking in the 1910s. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Centron Productions
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Safety film for heavy equipment operators that was commissioned by the construction equipment manufacturer. Reminding workers to follow procedures and stay alert,  Shake Hands with Danger  features simulated accidents and a memorable title song. Note:  “Herk” Harvey directed the independent horror film  Carnival of Souls .
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by B. P. Schulberg Productions
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Surviving reels of a feature with Clara Bow in an early role. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Bray Studios Inc.
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Two-reel comedy with the “McDougall Alley Kids” about a rich boy who gets his comeuppance, preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by University of Oklahoma
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Case study documenting a patient’s treatment for paranoid schizophrenia. Made for health professionals,  Mental Hospital  shows daily life at the state facility, including hydrotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy sessions. The film ends with the patient’s discharge. Note:  Shot at the Central State Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. Since patients were not legally competent to sign releases, the producer recruited crew and friends for the cast.
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Universal Film Mfg. Co.
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First two reels of a Lois Weber feature in which a film inspires three sets of moviegoers to remake their lives. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by New York Central Railroad
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Travelogue sponsored by a railroad company serving New York City. Approaching the metropolis by rail, the film covers major tourist destinations such as Coney Island, Times Square, celebrated nightclubs, and Rockefeller Center, where NBC provides an experimental television demonstration. Note:  Produced in Technicolor. Also released in 16mm. Revised in 1948.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Vavin Inc.
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Promotional film for Seventeen intended to show how well the magazine knows and serves its teenage audience. The film observes teenage girls at home, in school, at work and play, and alone and with friends, zeroing in on teen concerns about dating, marriage, and adulthood. At one point, high school newspaper editors fire questions at Seventeen editor in chief Enid Haupt. Note: Produced in Eastmancolor. Shot near Philadelphia and at Seventeen ’s New York City office. Mia Farrow is featured in...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by John Sutherland Productions
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Pro-business cartoon explaining the role of investment capital in building America’s prosperity. Because of far-sighted investment in industry, the American worker, personified by Brooklyn-accented Joe, is “king of the workers of the world” and has higher wages and shorter hours than his counterparts abroad.  Meet King Joe  argues that in view of the rewards workers reap from the American economic system, it is in labor’s best interest to cooperate with management. Note:  Part of...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Frank Ross Productions
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Advocacy film commissioned by the civil rights organization to discourage ethnic and racial prejudice. Caught in a dispute that assumes ethnic dimensions, a group of boys find common interests through the intervention of Frank Sinatra, who tells a story and sings two songs. Note:  The title number was written by Earl Robinson and Lewis Allan [Abel Meeropol]. This widely distributed film, produced at the end of World War II, discourages prejudice but disparages people of Japanese ancestry.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
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Film promoting television sets and the broadcast of New York’s first regularly scheduled programs. The short shows RCA’s production studios in Rockefeller Center, television demonstrations at the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair, RCA’s Empire State Building transmitter, and remote mobile broadcast units.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Educational Films Corporation of America
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1,000 feet from an educational documentary showing everyday life in China. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Harold Mayer Productions
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Documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America by outlining the improvements the union has won for clothing workers over its five decades.  The Inheritance  draws from archival and modern live-action footage and features songs contributed by popular artists. Note:  The film premiered theatrically in New York City and was shown widely to unions and community organizations. It was also distributed in 40- and 16-minute versions.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Jam Handy Organization
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Industrial film detailing the manufacture of automobiles at Chevrolet’s Flint plant.  Master Hands  shows tool and die making, founding, casting, welding, part fabrication, and final assembly. The process concludes with the consumer behind the wheel of his new car. The film is set to a Wagnerian score performed by the Detroit Philharmonic Orchestra and includes only two lines of narration; in  Master Hands  the elemental work of industrial production speaks for itself. Note:  Part of...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Frank B. Gilbreth
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Footage drawn from Frank Gilbreth’s time and motion studies. The anthology includes a clip of his family, who were often used in his work-efficiency experiments. Note:  Also known as  Original Films of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth . The compilation was also issued in a 26-minute version with narration by James S. Perkins. Other films by Gilbreth are held by Purdue University. For more about Gilbreth’s use of films in research, see “Many Inventions,”  The Outlook , Mar. 29, 1913, 736.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by John Suther­land Productions
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Science-fiction-influenced cartoon sponsored by petroleum producers to lionize their industry and promote free enterprise. “Colonel Cosmic,” an astronaut from the totalitarian planet Mars, flies to Earth, where he discovers cheap oil and the market economy. Returning home, he leads a revolution and frees Martian entrepreneurs to begin oil exploration, start small businesses, and lead the planet out of economic stagnation.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Kalem Film Company
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Documentary showing how to set underwater explosives, preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by New York Daily News
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Promotional film demonstrating the importance of newspapers in everyday life. Sponsored by New York’s largest-circulation newspaper,  17 Days  is set during the citywide strike of newspaper delivery truck drivers in the summer of 1945. The film shows how the public literally went the extra mile to get their papers directly from the  Daily News . Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia does his part by reading aloud the  Dick Tracy  comic strip on the radio.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Bill and Cora Baird
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One of the Bell Telephone System’s many films instructing the public on proper use of the telephone. Bobby finds his lost dog with the help of the residents of Telezonia, who teach him how to use directory assistance, party lines, and proper phone manners. Note:   Adventure in Telezonia  was the Bairds’ second film for AT&T; “Telezonia” was the name of an instructional package on good telephone habits that was prepared for schools. It contained this film as well as practice...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Roland Reed Productions
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Longest of four dealer promotion films in a two-hour series produced to promote Westinghouse home appliances.  Ellis in Freedomland  breaks into two parts. In the first, a store manager has a dream in which talking appliances, speaking with the well-known voices of major film and television stars, offer tips on increasing sales. The second introduces “Freedom Fair,” Westinghouse’s spring sales event, and celebrates through a song-and-dance number how the company’s appliances free...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by John Sutherland Productions
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Animated history of the American economic system told from a pro–free enterprise perspective.  Free enterprise, the narrator argues, can be traced to the Bill of Rights, and the Founding  Fathers regarded “political and economic freedom” as “interlocking inseparably.” However, in  contrast to what the film characterizes as the favorable economic climate of colonial America  (where individuals had the “freedom to go into business”), today’s government imposes taxes  and...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Documentary Film Associates
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Internationalist film exploring the economic and political importance of Latin America to the United States. A document of the “Good Neighbor Policy” era,  The Bridge  shows the endemic poverty and recent industrialization of Latin America and looks to such postwar advances as air travel, the “bridge” that will eventually link the United States with its neighbors to the south. The  New York Times  quoted Willard Van Dyke as saying, “We cannot expect to do much trade with South...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by U.S. Motion Pictures Corporation
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Comedy about a writer’s neglected wife who devises her own story to make her point. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Jerry Fairbanks Productions
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Glossy musical made to promote color “decorator” telephones. The short tells the story of newlyweds whose honeymoon must be delayed until the husband completes a new song for his client. As the husband struggles with writer’s block, his wife dreams about a remodeled home with color phones in every room, from the bedroom to the kitchen. Fortunately the telephone dial clicks provide the needed musical inspiration for the husband, and the couple jubilantly sing his new song “Castle in the...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Wilding Picture Productions
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Self-improvement film funded by a paper company. In the story a dissatisfied factory worker imagines what it would be like to become a company foreman or the company president. The worker comes to learn that every employee, regardless of position, must be productive to succeed. Through this parable,  1104 Sutton Road  argues that improving personal relations and communications in the workplace increases productivity and makes each em­ployee a better person. Note:  Released in Technicolor...
Topic: sponsored film
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by International Film Foundation
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Subtle case study produced for parents, teachers, and mental health professionals on the importance of constructive parenting in overcoming childhood fears. The parents of a healthy five-year-old do not grasp why their child fears entering a cave. The mother tries to be sympathetic, but the father shows impatience. Feeling anger at his father, the child drowns his stuffed bear. After the parents take time to think about their son’s behavior, they resolve to show greater understanding, and...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Caravel Films
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Animated short promoting Bristol-Myers’s Ipana toothpaste. The cartoon uses characters from Gene Byrne’s comic strip,  Reg’lar Fellers . Note:  Produced in Technicolor,  Boy Meets Dog  was said to have been one of the most expensive commercials ever made for theatrical distribution as an “added attraction.” For more about Caravel Films, see Arthur Edwin Krows, “Motion Pictures—Not for Theatres,”  Educational Screen  18 (Dec. 1939): 363.
Topic: sponsored film
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Early sex education film sponsored by the national group created to inform the public about sexuality and venereal disease. In  Gift of Life  a scientist helps a boy observe the reproductive processes of tiny plants and animals under a microscope and uses animated diagrams to explain the reproductive processes of higher animals and humans. Note:  The film was made for high school and college students, PTA groups, and similar audiences and praised by state educational authorities. It was...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Bray Studios Inc.
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Animated tall tale in which the colonel recounts how he single-handedly ended the “Great Banana Famine of 1923”. Preserved  in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Dodge Brothers Motors
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Two parts of an epic industrial film chronicling the manufacture of automobiles. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Alan Shilin Productions
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dvertising film for tobacco products profiling the modern Sioux people of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.  Fallen Eagle  includes reenactments of traditional ceremonies but also points to the economic plight of the current-day Sioux. Improved opportunities, the film suggests, could come from the development made possible by the damming of the Missouri River. Note:  Part of an award-winning series of seven films. According to  Business Screen , the sponsor chose a Native American...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Vitagraph Company of America
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Charming one-reeler in which the family dog steps in to serve as matchmaker for two shy brothers. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Robert C. Bruce Scenics
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Travelogue capturing the romantic landscapes of the tropics. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Audio Productions Inc.
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Driver safety cartoon, told through song, created as part of an insurance company’s public education program. When Pandora opens her box, goblins “Carelessness” and “Discourtesy” escape to cause traffic accidents. Good fairies “Carefulness” and “Courtesy” charm the goblins back into the box.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by RKO-Pathé
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A comprehensive, behind-the-scenes tour of NBC’s radio, television, and sound recording studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Note:  Distributed theatrically and nontheatrically and broadcast by NBC television stations.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by George Backer Film
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Australian preview for a now-lost American film from 1917, preserved with the collaboration of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Topics: silent film, lost film
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by Kalem Co.
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Short in which a woman turns the tables on an overly amorous date by stealing his car. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by United Productions of America
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Film sponsored by the radio network to assert the continued relevance of radio advertising at a time when television was emerging as a major broadcast medium.  More Than Meets the Eye  visualizes sound through symbols and was lauded by  Modern Industry  as borrowing effectively from abstract art. Note:  For more information about the production company, see Bosley Crowther, “McBoing Boing, Magoo and Bosustow,”  New York Times , Dec. 21, 1952, SM14.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Promotional Films Co.
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Documentary about the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Told in flashbacks, the story recounts the life of a worker about to retire with a union pension. The veteran unionist looks back to the abuses common before unionization, the great organizing drives of the 1930s, and the benefits and stability brought by the union. Note:  Originally planned for showing to ILGWU locals,  With These Hands  opened instead on Broadway and played four weeks as a theatrical feature. Nominated for...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by On Film Inc.
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Film from the leading American producer of aluminum illustrating the versatility of the material in building and design.  Color and Texture in Aluminum Finishes  was singled out in the trade press for its avant-garde qualities and considered by Howard Thompson as “probably the most strikingly imaginative industrial short subject ever filmed in the United States.” Note:  Although originally targeted at design professionals, the short was also successfully shown to general audiences. On...
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Topic: sponsored film
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by John Sutherland Productions
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Short sponsored by the United Fruit Company to blunt “communist propaganda claims” in the American and Latin American press. Using animation and live action, the short describes the benefits of the “living circle” of interdependent trade between Central America and the United States. Note:  The companion to  Bananas? Si, Señor! ,  The Living Circle  was reportedly seen by more than 17 million viewers during its first eight months of release. Both films were distributed with Spanish...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Éclair American Company
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Long section from a Western filmed in Tucson, Arizona. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
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by Charles Guggenheim & Associates
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St. Louis’s annual report to taxpayers.  The Big City  visually illustrated how tax dollars were put to good use and was considered a “graphic, fluent and compact documentary” by Howard Thompson. Note:  Sixteen prints were made for exhibition by schools, civic organizations, and church groups. For more on the filmmaker, see Shelby Coffey III, “Politics as an Art Form: Guggenheim and the Movies,”  Washington Post , Feb. 9, 1969, 262.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Ford Motor Co.
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Promotional film for the all-purpose tractor introduced by Henry Ford & Son in 1917. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Charles Guggenheim & Associates
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Documentary, with some dramatized sequences, covering the racial integration of St. Louis public schools after the 1954 Brown decision. William J. Sloan wrote, “The film was noteworthy in that it revealed, at least briefly, the fears of Negro parents in having their children attend school with white children.” Note:  The film employed nonprofessional actors and voice-over narration by a local schoolteacher. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject in 1956.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by John Sutherland Productions
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Science film positioning atomic energy as both a peaceful and a warlike force. Sponsored by a corporation involved in the nascent nuclear industry, the film is an animated introduction to atomic energy and designed to be, as a Business Screen reviewer reported, “entertaining but scientifically accurate.” The periodic table, represented as “Element Town,” depicts each element in a distinctive shape suggesting its use by humans. Radium, whose giant head resembles an atomic nucleus, decays...
Topic: sponsored film
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by Atlas Film Corp.
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Film promoting the insecticides manufactured by Sinclair. Greatly outnumbered, humans are in continual war with insects and must fight back. 500,000 to 1 shows how pests are controlled by quarantine as well as through chemical, mechanical, and biological weapons.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Joseph De Grasse
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Feature-length drama, written by Ida May Park, in which convicts befriend a poor family and struggle to go straight. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Wilding Picture Productions
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Narrative promoting the sponsor’s Hotpoint appliance line. The plot involves a wealthy manufacturing heir who elopes with a nightclub singer who can’t cook. When the couple break up, the singer goes to cooking school, learns how to use Hotpoint appliances, and prepares the perfect meal for her estranged husband. They reunite and the accomplished cook earns the respect of her formerly unsupportive in-laws. The film includes scenes of a television program promoting the Hotpoint electric...
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Topic: sponsored film
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by Fleischer Studios
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Advertising cartoon filled with double entendres and suggestive imagery. Leonard Maltin called it “a delightful short, with a bouncing-ball chorus, that ranks alongside any contemporary Fleischer cartoon in terms of quality and content.” Note:   In My Merry Oldsmobile  takes its title from the 1905 song by Gus Edwards and Vincent P. Bryan. The film was distributed theatrically.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Western Electric Co.
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Animated demonstration showing how the Western Electric motion picture sound system works. In this lively cartoon, “Talkie” brings “Mutie” to “Dr. Western,” who gives him a voice. The team shows how sound motion pictures are made and reproduced. Note:  Carlyle Ellis, the early industrial and educational filmmaker, contributes the voice for Dr. Western.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Knickerbocker Productions
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Film sponsored by Western Electric (AT&T’s equipment manufacturing division), the builder of the United States Air Force’s White Alice Communications System in Alaska.  Land of White Alice  introduces the people and geography of the new state as well as the Western Electric radio-relay system, which links far-flung military sites, alert stations, and missile-warning facilities. Ralph Caplan praised the film’s “intrinsically dramatic and highly photogenic” portrayal of...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Vanity Comedies
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A one-reel farce, starring Billy Bletcher, in which a wife plots to keep her husband at home. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Stanley Neal Productions
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Good-grooming film for women that was funded by the meatpacking and consumer products giant to showcase the company’s Dial soap.  The Clean Look  teaches how to apply makeup, bathe, develop proper posture, apply shampoo, and comb one’s hair. Note:  The short was produced in Kodachrome and distributed to schools and women’s groups.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by New World Productions
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Film produced for a coalition of public service groups to combat racial and ethnic hatred. The narrative follows an emotionally insecure Chicago teenager whose bigoted thinking leads him to violence.  The High Wall  explores how prejudices are passed like “a contagious disease” from parent to child, teacher to pupils, and youth to youth, and suggests strategies for breaking the cycle.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Audio Productions Inc.
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Promotional film introducing self-service long-distance dialing. Showing the prototype service in Englewood, New Jersey,  The Nation at Your Fingertips  demonstrates how direct dial and the new area code system enable callers to make contact instantly without operator assistance. The film ends with a corporate promise to continue the AT&T tradition of technological innovation.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
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Wide-ranging film explaining the role of oil companies in advancing America and securing the nation’s high standard of living. Linking free enterprise with freedom and democracy,  24 Hours of Progress  shows the oil industry at work and Americans using oil-based products.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Harmon Foundation
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eye 452
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Educational film surveying the instruction of the fine and performing arts at leading African American institutions, including Calhoun, Dillard, Fisk, Hampton, and Howard. The film argues that exposure to theater, music, dance, and the fine arts produces well-rounded students and enriches their lives. Note:   Art in the Negro Schools  was part of the sponsor’s Negro Education for American Living series. The foundation provided funds for parks, established the Religious Film Association,...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Philip Ragan Associates
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Warning about the threat of nuclear war. Sponsored by atomic scientists,  One World or None  uses animation to explain the development of atomic energy and the devastation that would result if a bomb were dropped on the United States. Atomic weapons were created by an international effort, and the only defense, the narrator argues, is for the world community to come together to seek their control. Note:  The Federation of American Scientists prepared a book by the same title; see Dexter...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by The Rellimeo Film Syndicate
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Melodrama in which a wronged man, played by Monte Blue, changes his appearance through plastic surgery and returns home to reclaim his good name and win his girl. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project